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The Foundation has a charitable philosophy grounded on the fact that over 75% of people with epilepsy can not meet their basic need to treatment and rehabilitation among other needs and that government is failing to offer meaningful social assistance to people with epilepsy. The Foundation believes that epilepsy as a chronic condition is costly to manage for individuals and their families. Although it is the responsibility of government to cater for people of limited means, our government has not been able to adequately do so. The result has been unmet medical and social needs for the majority of people with epilepsy through a lack of resources or ignorance. The Foundation fills this gap by mobilizing charity resources and applying them to meet the needs of people with epilepsy directly or indirectly. Among other things, the Foundation freely treat epilepsy at its centre with nurses and doctors, gives free medication, trains professionals, semi-professional and community members and also tries to meet the non-medical basic needs like payment of school fees, food handouts, training for income generating projects and initiating them to give people with epilepsy income.

Epilepsy education, training, awareness campaigns and literatureAccounts Officer - Zvanaka Gomo Most people do not know the true facts about epilepsy and so they do not seek or promote medical treatment. Therefore, education and awareness programmes are targeted at families, PLWE, teachers, employers, government and the public. When people know the facts about epilepsy, PLWE will find a supportive environment to rehabilitate them and become productive and valuable citizens for socio-economic development. Some of the campaigns include the commemoration of the national epilepsy awareness week, public education, and production of materials and publications to raise awareness and media coverage. We have a library with epilepsy resources (books, magazines, cds and cassettes) and health workers can borrow material or request more pamphlets, fliers and posters.

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Social assistance

The Foundation has a charitable philosophy grounded on the fact that over 75% of people with epilepsy can not meet their basic need to treatment and rehabilitation among other needs and that government is failing to offer meaningful social assistance to people with epilepsy. The Foundation believes that epilepsy as a chronic condition is costly to manage for individuals and their families. Although it is the responsibility of government to cater for people of limited means, our government has not been able to adequately do so. The result has been unmet medical and social needs for the majority of people with epilepsy through a lack of resources or ignorance. The Foundation fills this gap by mobilizing charity resources and applying them to meet the needs of people with epilepsy directly or indirectly. Among other things, the Foundation freely treat epilepsy at its centre with nurses and doctors, gives free medication, trains professionals, semi-professional and community members and also tries to meet the non-medical basic needs like payment of school fees, food handouts, training for income generating projects and initiating them to give people with epilepsy income. Epilepsy education, training, awareness campaigns and literatureAccounts Officer - Zvanaka Gomo Most people do not know the true facts about epilepsy and so they do not seek or promote medical treatment. Therefore, education and awareness programmes are targeted at families, PLWE, teachers, employers, government and the public. When people know the facts about epilepsy, PLWE will find a supportive environment to rehabilitate them and become productive and valuable citizens for socio-economic development. Some of the campaigns include the commemoration of the national epilepsy awareness week, public education, and production of materials and publications to raise awareness and media coverage. We have a library with epilepsy resources (books, magazines, cds and cassettes) and health workers can borrow material or request more pamphlets, fliers and posters.

Social work (Counselling, Psycho-Social support and referrals)

Psycho-Social Officer - Taurai KadzvitiCounseling, support groups, education and awareness provide a social environment that is conducive for the rehabilitation plan. Family support services are also aimed at ensuring that families are empowered to help through the rehabilitation process. Needy clients are interviewed and appropriately referred (where we can not assist ourselves) to assisting organisations, including government agencies like social welfare.

Research, Advocacy and Lobbying

Formative research into medical, social, economic, psychological and educational areas will ensure that there are research based facts to lobby and advocate for better services in the areas of policy development and implementation, drugs availability and affordability, social services and inclusion for people with epilepsy.

Medical support through epilepsy clinic

Diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation are core precedents Sister-in-Charge - Margaret Makonifor a better quality of life for all PLWE. At the centre we offer these with the support of full time nurses and volunteer doctors. One focus is the effectiveness of medical care, emphasizing the importance of drug compliance if medication is to be effective. Another focus area is the reduction of side effects of medication.

Education, Training and Employment

The Foundation ensures that the needs of children with special learning needs are met, vocational training for young persons with epilepsy is available and suitable employment for people living with epilepsy is available.

Networking, Fundraising and Membership

The Foundation seeks affiliation with other organisations within and outside the country to strengthen organizational development and improve the Foundation’s capacity to assist PLWE. Fundraising is an important component in ensuring sustainability of the program. Membership is offered to people with epilepsy, caregivers, members of the community, corporate and organizations.